BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15,ADVISORY

February 16, 2018 - 10:20 am

Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory. All times EST.




Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EST:

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — (sent, developing)








OLY--PYEONGCHANG-MEMBER EXPELLED — An IOC member expelled from the Pyeongchang Olympics over a run-in with a security guard is also one of the only members openly critical of President Thomas Bach's move to allow Russian athletes to compete at the games. SENT: 530 words, photos.

OLY--CUR-BURNED ROCK SHOCKER — A rare moment of controversy in the typically ultra-polite sport of curling has erupted over a foul known as a "burned rock" in the Canada vs. Denmark women's match. SENT: 398 words, photos.

LUNAR NEW YEAR-PHOTO GALLERY — People in Asia and around the world have been celebrating the Lunar New Year. SENT: 300 words, photos.

PEOPLE-ANISTON-THEROUX — Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announce separation, say decision was "mutual and lovingly made" SENT: 380 words, photos.

NBA ALL-STAR GAME-KENDRICK LAMAR — Kendrick Lamar is set to perform in Los Angeles as part of the NBA All-Star pre-game festivities. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 500 words.


Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EST):





SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — A timeline released by Florida authorities show that the 19-year-old former student who confessed to a deadly high school shooting was only in the building for six minutes. Police say that during that brief time period Wednesday afternoon, he shot more than two dozen people, killing 17 and wounding others. By Kelli Kennedy, Curt Anderson and Tamara Lush. SENT: 860 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: US FL Shooting Vigil 3 (CR) — After Shooting, Florida Community Calls For Action. With SCHOOL SHOOTING-FBI — The massacre at a Florida high school is again raising questions about whether the FBI missed a warning that might have headed off a mass killing. SENT: 750 words, photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-VICTIMS — When a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 at a large high school in south Florida, he claimed the lives of students with their whole lives ahead of them, along with those of the teachers who tried to protect them. Here is a look at the 17 people who authorities say died in the deadly shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland: By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,990 words, photos, video.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-AN UNBROKEN BOND — Six friends who survived a deadly mass shooting at their south Florida high school say they will rely on their close bonds to help each other move beyond the tragedy. Joey Cordover, Noah Kaufman, John Greenberg, Sam Resnick, Ethan Rocha, and Jonathan Blank were all in class Wednesday afternoon when a gunman opened fire with an AR-15. The six have been friends since elementary school and were texting each other during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High to make sure everyone was OK. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

REVEAL-UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES — Banks are getting credit for lending to white homebuyers under a law designed to aid poor communities. By Aaron Glantz and Emmanuel Martinez of Reveal. SENT: 1,500 words, photos. This story is part two of a package provided to The Associated Press by the nonprofit news outlet Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.




SCHOOL SHOOTING-TRUMP — President Donald Trump is saying Friday he will travel to Florida to "meet with some of the bravest people." UPCOMING.

MIDTERMS-ROMNEY-SENATE— Republican Mitt Romney is trying for a political comeback as he launches a Senate campaign in Utah. SENT: 650 words.

CONGRESS-GUNS — The Las Vegas shooting killed 58 people, and the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate since then actually eases restrictions for gun owners. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CONGRESS IMMIGRATION — The Senate has left hundreds of thousands of "Dreamer" immigrants in limbo, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation's border security. SENT: 970 words, photos.

TRUMP BUDGET-FOOD BOXES — The Trump administration's idea of replacing traditional food stamp money with a pre-assembled box of canned goods isn't sitting well with Democrats who call the proposal impractical, cruel and demeaning.




KOREAS-OLYMPICS-SEPARATED FAMILIES — As the two Koreas set aside their bitter animosities and produce rare cooperation activities at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, many families separated by war hope the current reconciliation mood would lead to restarting now-stalled reunions of divided families. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

WOMEN'S SLALOM — Defending Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin finished fourth in the slalom after feeling some nerves and skiing too conservatively. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 760 words, photos. With OLY--SKI-WOMEN'S SLALOM-HANSDOTTER — Swedish skier Frida Hansdotter dethrones Mikaela Shiffrin and holds off everyone else to win the Olympic slalom at the Pyeongchang Games. By Pat Graham. SENT: 518 words, photos.

MEN'S SHORT PROGRAM — Defending Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan scored 111.68 points in the men's short program, an Olympic record. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 830 words, photos. With OLY--FIG-UNEVEN AMERICANS— Nathan Chen's dreams of Olympic gold were dashed when the American struggled through a seriously flawed short program. SENT: 750 words, photos.

OLY--CUR-AMERICAN CURLING FEVER — Americans are slowly growing to love curling. The number of U.S. curling clubs registered with the national organization USA Curling has nearly doubled since 2000. Americans are embracing the sport at the Pyeongchang Olympics for its chess-like strategy and oddball factor. SENT: 890 words, photos. With OLY--CUR-CURLING CURES THE WORLD — The world, some fret, is falling apart. Politicians spar viciously on social media. Leaders lie. Former heroes fall like dominoes amid endless scandals. Cruelty has come to feel commonplace. But never fear: We have curling. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 3 p.m., photos.

KOREAS-PAYING FOR PYONGYANG — Seoul allots record $2.5 million to pay for hundreds of North Koreans attending the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. SENT: 412 words, photo.

NKOREA-SWEET DISTRACTIONS? — With pompoms and ball gowns, North Korea uses women to soften its political message in Pyeongchang. By Eric Talmadge and Youkyung Lee. SENT: 790 words, photos. With OLY-KOREAS-PAYING-FOR-PYONGYANG — How much was it worth to Seoul for hundreds of North Koreans to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics? Try $2.5 million. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 438 words, photo.

HOCKEY MASKS — Goaltenders are the only players in Olympic hockey allowed to get creative with decorating their helmets. Their teammates are stuck with helmets featuring basic colors, uniform numbers and a small flag decal representing their country. Goalies decide what they want, then turn to artists who can air-brush their visions onto the helmets. Olympic rules bar political, religious or racial propaganda. UPCOMING: 900 words by 8 a.m., photos.

GOLDEN CANADA — Almost everyone involved with Canada's Olympic men's hockey team this time around, from coach Willie Desjardins to captain Chris Kelly to forward Rob Klinkhammer, had no idea last year they would end up trying to make it a gold-medal three-peat at the Olympics. Coach Mike Babcock and stars Sidney Crosby and Drew Doughty aren't walking through that door, though, so it's their time. SENT: 580 words, photos. With OLY--HKO-SLOVAKIA-US — Tyan Donato scored two power-play goals and to lead the United States to an important 2-1 victory over Slovakia at the Olympics. SENT: 784 words, photos




SOUTH AFRICA-NEW LEADER — South Africa's new president delivers the state of the nation address and lays out his vision for a country weakened by years of corruption scandals. UPCOMING: Developing from address at 12 p.m./1700 GMT.

SYRIA-AFRIN CONONDRUM — Nearly a month into Turkey's offensive in Afrin in northern Syria, hundreds of thousands of Syrians like Serbest Hassan and his family are hiding from bombs and airstrikes in caves and basements, trapped in the Kurdish enclave while Turkey and its allies are bogged down in fierce ground battles against formidable opponents. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

JERUSALEM-BEARD BELIEVERS — Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism and ideals of masculinity. For men of all faiths in the holy city, a beard can be an important statement of religious devotion, connecting past generations to God through the tangled strands of history. SENT: 900 words, photos.

ZIMBABWE-FRACTURED OPPOSITION — As the body of Zimbabwe's main opposition leader awaits repatriation home for burial, his party faces nasty power struggles to replace a man praised for his tenacious fight for democracy — giving President Emmerson Mnangagwa a clear path to election within months. SENT: 675 words, photos.

BELGIUM-EUTHANASIA CONTROVERSY — A doctor on Belgium's euthanasia commission has quit in protest, after drafting a letter that accuses the evaluation body of breaking the law by refusing to recommend prosecutors investigate the suspicious death of a dementia patient killed at the family's request. SENT: 850 words, photos. With BELGIUM-FACEBOOK — Belgian media say a Brussels court has ordered Facebook to stop collecting data about citizens in the country or face fines for every day it fails to comply (sent).




FLU SEASON — Update on the worst flu season in nearly a decade from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By Carla Johnson and Mike Stobbe. UPCOMING 600 words, photos.




FACEBOOK-KIDS APP — Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids despite criticism from child experts. The company launched Messenger Kids Wednesday on Android, and reached Amazon devices in January. Children's advocates are pressing the company to shut it down, while others question Facebook's financial ties with advisers who worked on it. By Barbara Ortutay. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon, photo.

SPACE STATION — Spacewalking astronauts finish months of robot arm repair. SENT: 300 words, photo. UPCOMING: Spacewalk scheduled to last until around 1:30 p.m.




OSCAR HOSTS — The bad, the good and the none — a chunky text look at memorable Oscar hosts like Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Hope and Ellen Degeneres, as well as some notorious shows that bombed. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 900 words by 11 a.m., photos. With OSCARS-PRESENTERS — "Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman, "Girls Trip" breakout Tiffany Haddish, "Lady Bird" author Greta Gerwig and "The Big Sick" co-writer and actor Kumail Nanjiani are set to appear at the 90th annual Academy Awards (sent).




BLACK HISTORY-GAME CHANGERS-MUTED ICONS — Public activism from black superstar athletes became muted as their popularity, salaries rose in the '80s and '90s. Looking back — especially behind the legacies of Jack Johnson and Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Serena Williams and others — leads to the question: Where were these first black sports multimillionaires when it was their turn to stand up? That said, some believe our collective memory is not only a little too harsh, but is just wrong. SENT: 1,275 words, photos.




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